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Participate in BioBlitz

Feeling Proactive in a Time of Drought: Don’t Panic, Plant Natives!

You don’t need a Seussian doctorate to celebrate BioBlitz (March 28–29)—just a love of learning about all the organisms in our parks! Participate in a species inventory, enjoy the Biodiversity Festival, attend special programs, or volunteer alongside event staff. We’re “counting” on you to make Golden Gate’s BioBlitz the best one yet! more >>

March 2014 | Leave a comment

Beyond BioBlitz: Project WISE Youth Bring Science to the Parks

Beyond BioBlitz: Project WISE Youth Bring Science to the Parks

Two weeks before thousands of naturalists and community volunteers perform species inventories in the parks during BioBlitz, a group of high school students will unveil their own hands-on, citizen-science research. Learn how they’re getting “wise” to environmental issues. more >>

March 2014 | Leave a comment

Bioblitz: Test Your Species Spotting Skills

Bioblitz: Test Your Species Spotting Skills

Bioblitz (March 28–29) offers the entire community a chance to appreciate the full biodiversity of our parks, all across life’s spectrum. Learn more about this volunteer opportunity to tally species—and take a colorful quiz to test your organism ID skills! more >>

February 2014 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

The Smaller Winged Creatures Flying Through the Headlands

Variegated meadowhawk (Chris Heaivilin)

At the GGRO, we specialize in migrations. Generally we’re talking about the raptor migration through the Marin Headlands each fall, the largest in the Pacific states. But over the past few weeks, we have noticed another sizable migration—of dragonflies. more >>

December 2013 | Leave a comment

Five Lessons I Learned from the Mission Blue Butterfly

Mission blue butterfly (Rachel Lorenz)

This winter the Golden Gate National Parks will be planting over a thousand lupines, the host plant of the endangered mission blue butterfly. As we prepare for this restoration work, a Park Stewardship manager reflects on the big lessons he’s learned from this little butterfly. more >>

December 2013 | 6 Comments | Leave a comment

Park Quiz: Bones of Contention

Bones of Contention

In honor of Halloween and the Day of the Dead, we’ve got a bone to pick with you. Put on your thinking (skull)cap and see how many of these skeletal remains you can identify—of animals found in the Golden Gate National Parks. more >>

November 2013 | 14 Comments | Leave a comment

Golden Gate Selected for the 2014 National Geographic BioBlitz

Black-tailed deer (Jessica Weinberg)

The Golden Gate National Parks have been selected for the next BioBlitz, an opportunity for the public to participate in documenting the parks’ amazing biodiversity. Mark your calendars for two days of fun, exploration, and science on March 28–29, 2014! more >>

October 2013 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

The Origins of Feathers


Feathers are a uniquely avian adaptation—or are they? While feathers can only be seen on birds today, evidence has shown that many dinosaurs also had feathers. Read on to learn about the variety—and possible purposes—of dinosaur feathers. more >>

August 2013 | Leave a comment

How the Enigmatic Ensatina Sheds Light on “Species”

Ensatina (Joe DiDonato)

Learn how populations of the Ensatina split in the Central Valley and discover how this little salamander—the textbook definition of a “ring species”—vividly illustrates how nature frustrates the human compulsion to classify and categorize species. more >>

June 2013 | Leave a comment

What Is a Species?

Song Sparrow

Even Charles Darwin, the preeminent biologist, had trouble defining a species. The more we learn, the harder it gets. Life does not always supply black-and-white categories—which can impact how we conserve and protect the species around us. more >>

May 2013 | Leave a comment


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